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Granta 9: John Berger, Boris

‘Boris’ is a novella that works on several levels: a love-story, a tragedy, a depiction of pain and self-destruction. It is a moving and strangely understated chronicle of an obsession, but it is an obsession with political and historical implications that extend far beyond its seemingly straight-forward, spartan narrative.

John Berger won the Booker Prize for his novel G. He is also the author of the much acclaimed Ways of Seeing and Pig Earth. ‘Boris’ is his first published fiction in over four years, and its eloquent sadness clearly reaffirms Susan Sontag’s claim ‘John Berger writes about what is important, not just interesting. In contemporary English letters he seems to me peerless; not since Lawrence has there been a writer who offers such attentiveness to the sensual world.’

‘A cause for congratulation.’ Guardian

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Guillermo Cabrera Infante: The Bird of Paradise Lost
Russell Hoban: The Boat Train
Frederic Prokosch: Niagara
John Berger: Boris
Gabriel García Márquez: The Solitude of Latin America
Mario Vargas Llosa: The Story of a Massacre
Patrick Marnham: The Border
Don McCullin: El Salvador (Photographs)
Manlio Argueta: A Day in the Life of El Salvador
Joan Jara: September 11, 1973
Jose Donoso: The Country House
Sheila Rowbotham: Lance (Women on their Fathers: Pt. II)
Russell Hoban: Pan Lives
Graham Swift: A Short History of Coronation Ale
T. Coraghessan Boyle: Greasy Lake
David Harsent: Pekfos
James Wolcott: New York
Ronald Sukenick: Poland